Vermont LP News: NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional and Celebrating the Life of Hardy Macia

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June 17, 2013

Vermont Libertarian Party Calls NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional

While our representatives with as diverse views as Lindsay Graham and Diane Feinstein call Edward Snowden a traitor, others with just as diverse views such as Rand Paul and Dr. Daniel Ellsberg call him a hero.  The question that has to be answered is whether what the NSA has done is constitutional or not.

Some Americans at this point might be in favor of the data mining program of the NSA, regardless of its legality, but the constitution protects the minority from having their unalienable rights abridged by the majority.   The Libertarian position is that this is clearly unconstitutional under the fourth and sixth amendments in the Bill of Rights.

The fourth amendment provides that the government shall have probable cause and a warrant issued by a court before any searches begin.  Perhaps the data mining in and of itself poses no intrusion into the populace’s lives, but there is no oversight once the process begins and the opportunity for abuse by those in power is what the revolutionary war was fought for.

The sixth amendment guarantees citizens of due process.  Since this program is conducted in secrecy, those who have been targeted (Verizon, ATT, Facebook etc) can’t get representation as revealing what is going on is unlawful.  Citizens don’t know they are having their communications monitored, can’t find out from their providers and can’t reveal anything if they do find out.  The evidence is secret so no legal arguments can be made to contradict it, and due process is denied.

The federal government keeps growing and nibbling on the edges of freedom, using safety and security as reasons.  This is a good place to draw the line.

About Vermont Libertarian Party

The Vermont Libertarian Party is an affiliate of The National Libertarian Party. The motto of the VTLP is “Small Government, Low Taxes, More Freedom.” The VTLP has been more or less active in the Green Mountain State since the early 1980s. Despite the relatively small size of our state Party, the Libertarian Party is the largest third party in the country and driving a renaissance in libertarian thinking in this country.

Contact:

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Vermont Libertarian Party

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June 18, 2013                                                                       

Hardy Macia – Celebration of a Life Devoted to Liberty

Easily overcoming persistent rains, over a hundred met in the Pavilion at Mill’s Riverside Park in Jericho, Vermont on Sunday, June 16, a 1 PM in honor of the memory of long-time libertarian activist Hardy Macia who died on May 13, 2013.

Libertarians from Vermont and New Hampshire spoke in gratitude for Macia’s life and work, in sorrow for his too early demise, and in sympathy for his family’s loss.

For many years Hardy Macia was a member of the Libertarian Party. He devoted considerable time, ability, and energy to expound core libertarian beliefs in greater freedom, less government, fewer regulations, lower taxes.  He worked hard in support of the unalienable rights of every person to life, liberty, and property.

Macia’s efforts were critical in building the Vermont Libertarian Party in the 1990s and 2000s. He was a past Vermont delegate to the Libertarian National Convention where he was among those honored for helping make the Vermont Libertarian Party the fastest growing state affiliate, and the second largest state libertarian party in the country in proportion to state population. He also served as state chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party, and became regional representative on the Libertarian Party’s national committee.

He served as a selectman in Grand Isle, Vermont, and became chairman of the Grand Isle selectboard. He actively campaigned to become Governor of Vermont in 2004, and later worked on the presidential campaign to elect Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. Hardy recently moved to New Hampshire to join the Free State Project.

The current chair of the Vermont Libertarian Party, Jeremy Ryan, stated “I’ve witnessed him campaign and work so passionately for the cause of liberty for all. He showed much dedication and optimism in everything he worked on. Everyone seemed to like him, even those who didn’t agree his beliefs. People knew he was the real deal, they knew he was doing what he felt was right and they respected that… He was a crucial part of the party here in Vermont.”

Contact:

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Vermont Libertarian Party
PO Box 5475
Burlington VT 05402-5475
Phone: 802-735-2149
Web: www.vtlp.org
Email: chair@vtlp.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vermontlibertarianparty
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vtlibertarians

Article sources: 

http://www.vtlp.org/blog/632/vermont-libertarian-party-calls-nsa-surveillance-unconstitutional/

http://www.vtlp.org/blog/640/hardy-macia-celebration-of-a-life-devoted-to-liberty/

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